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Old 02-14-2009, 07:24 AM   #1
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Looking for new basement door

I'm looking to replace the door that leads out of my basement into the bulkhead. THe bulkhead is new and relatively tight, but the door is ancient, falling apart, just a few pieces of wood X'd together, basically, with rotting jambs.

I'd pop in a standard door, but the opening is only about 6' tall. Do they make these standard? Ideally I could find a nice insulated door about 5' tall X about 4' wide.

I just measured the opening. With existing jambs, it's about 71 tall by 43 wide.

Obviously I'd rip out the jambs, making the rough foundation opening more like 48" wide by a true 6' tall.

Just buy a 36" wide door and chop a foot off the top?

A standard 36" wide be fine, but annoying. How do I deal with the height?



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Old 02-14-2009, 07:57 AM   #2
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If you can get a stock width that will work, I would get a door/frame and just cut it down to the height you need. A custom door will cost a fortune.

Cut the bottom and replace the reinforcement. If your cut doesnt come out looking too good you can always put a door shoe on it to dress it up.
Probably have to redo a hinge but it shouldnt be a big deal.


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Old 02-14-2009, 08:15 AM   #3
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there is a discussion of this very thing in construction thread. built to order will cost some. Depends on what you want it to look like. I have unfinished basement, door leading to bulkhead was rotted, I replaced some of the frame pieces. In the winter I hang a tarp over it to keep drafts out, you might want something more eye pleasing.
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Flush exterior doors cannot be cut down that much and survive. The door has a solid wood perimeter with an internal structure of flakeboard. If you cut more than 1" off the door on any side, it's a mortal wound. What will follow will be the slow death of this door.
Pay the money and get the correct door for the space.
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